Sorry for the blogging hiatus, it's summer what can I say? The last post with reference to the middle east received a number of comments so I thought I'd clarify my position.
As somone who has written against divestment and one who has always been keen that mainline statements on this subject should be made in light of dialogues with the Jewish and Muslim community, I'm concerned about the way such issues are treated.
Given this, I cannot suport Israel's actions of the last few weeks. To take what constituted a border skirmish and expand it to an all out war especially on the urban areas of Lebanon has put civilians, including children in a brutal crossfire.
And it won't succeed. Such a bombing campaign only increases hatred against Israel as well as increases the status of Hezbollah in the eyes of many in the region. Could one expect a different reaction from those who have lost family members, friends, etc?
What's particularily disturbing is the US opposition to a cease fire, something which all the major world Christian bodies have called for. Also the report that the US gave the green light meaning that we are likewise complicit in the violence happening in the region.
Seeing some evangelical groups and leaders providing fervent support for what they see as an unfolding apocalyptic drama makes me wonder if we could possibly be following the same religion for the religion which speaks of peace and reconciliation is not found here.
Correction:For the same reasons that violence will not work on Israel's part, likewise it will fail for Hezbollah. Every attack on Israeli citizens, every missile launched makes a future peace less likely. The question is whether it's peace folks want or victory?